Finding Jonathan a Family: How the Melaleuca Foundation Helped One Little Boy Get Adopted Before leaving the Santa Lucia Children's Home with his newly adopted family, Jonathan Luis* had one important stop to make. He needed to thank the orphanage's adoption lawyer who had worked so tirelessly for seven years to help him find a forever family. "When I grow up I want to be just like you," Jonathan...
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As longtime supporters of THE MELALEUCA FOUNDATION, we have a place in our hearts for children of Ecuador who need a steady home and unconditional love. This past February, we traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to visit the Santa Lucia Children’s Home and see firsthand how our donations have changed the lives of so many deserving children. Thanks to the generous ongoing contributions of its donors,...
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The story of Camila Valentina A terrified little girl arrived at the Santa Lucia Children’s Home on a dark January night. Too young to speak, she couldn’t tell the nuns how she had been abandoned in the bathroom of a billiards hall. She had no family. She had no name. And there was no way to know what her past held. But one thing was certain—her future held hope. Although the...
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Volunteers at the Santa Lucia Children’s Home wrote letters to Melaleuca and shared their thoughts about the children. Omar is one of the boys at The Santa Lucía Children’s Home, and he has been one of my favorite kids to get to know. When I first met him, he wouldn’t really talk to me, but after a couple times of talking with him he finally opened up. I can tell he has been through a lot...
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